Maker: Dr. No
Model: TVL Octavia
The Collaboration between Troy van Leeuwen and Dr. No started after a gig in Amsterdam, were Troy van Leeuwen was playing with Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression in May 2016. Troy Van Leeuwen, (Queens of the Stone Age, Failure, Sweethead, Gone is Gone), asked Dr. No if he would be interested in doing a project with him.
Totally unprepared for this question, but as a great fan and honored by the request, Dr. No left the venue and after missing his last train back spent night at the train station brainstorming.
After a long search and a few prototypes, Dr. No came to the conclusion that Troy’s wish list wasn’t able to fit in one pedal. It was decided that to recreate the spectrum of unorthodox tones it would require two enclosures and two different concepts. The signature QOTSA sound was a guideline with Troy Van Leeuwen telling Dr. No some of his sonic secrets that he wanted to capture in this project.
The TVL Octavia is the first release in the series of two; (not to be mistaken by an Octaver), if you listened to Jimi Hendrix and his solo at the end of “Who Knows” in “Band Of Gypsys” as well as many QOTSA riffs and songs know what an Octavia is. This Octavia is made with two functions. A “Blameshifter” (inside QOTSA joke) switch to set the gain of the Octavia, getting a nasty to sweet Fuzz tone, and an overall Volume knob.
The Octavia works best when put first is a pedal chain, try to work with guitar tone knob, when dialed back, magic octavia tones will come out better, especially from 12th fret and up.
The on/off light is a custom made anatomical correct tiny Heart, on a bottom plate of real leaf gold. Protected by a sturdy glass dome that is as well a custom made design for this project.
A special “TVL” Crest is designed and added to the cosmetic design on both pedals top design as well as used on the wax stamp on the front side of the pedal.
The complete design and techniques are fully handmade and feature only custom made elements especially created for this “TVL” signature collaboration effects.
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